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					                                                      Budgeting Activity

Major points put forth by Sorenson and Goldsmith in terms of school budgeting.

        There needs to be an integration and a relationship between budgeting, vision, and planning
        The vision is the first thing that needs to be considered
        Budget also needs to consider the academic action plan
        Budgeting requires continuous evaluation
        ELCC/ISLLC standards provide the guidepost that are necessary for any administrator to facilitate academic success
         for all
        Budgeting must also constantly monitor school culture, determining possible possibilities and problems, also
         changes in values.
        Building the budget should encompass all parties to strongly examine and develop the budget
        Members of the learning community all should have a voice in the budgeting process because it affects the impact of
         student success of all students
        Budgeting school leaders need to understand fiscal accountability, auditing procedures, and visionary components
        Budgeting demands effective and efficient practices
        There are 8 components to Sorenson-Goldsmith integrated budget model that need to be considered; define
         stakeholders, stakeholder selection, needs assessment, data analysis, needs assessment, goal setting, performance
         objective, and action plan
        There are 4 stages to the Sorenson-Goldsmith budget model; reactive stage, transitive stage, aligned stage, and
         integrated stage.
        When budgeting the end in mind has to be about 100% of our students meeting academic success in each of the
         national standards

                                                Interview with my Administrator
                                          Choua Yang, Principal of Prairie Seeds Academy

    1.   Is there a relationship between school budgeting and school vision?
                           Principal’s Response                              Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“Yes, Definitely. We always consider the vision and mission of the          School vision and budgeting go hand and
school when constructing the budget. The vision is what the school is       hand. Vision is the first piece and budgeting
about and what the school believes in, our budget needs to reflect that.”   comes second.

    2.   Which one of the national standards ELCC/ISLLC, do you think influences the budget-vision relationship the most?
                   Principal’s Response                             Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“I would have to say all of them. Each standard is such an        I think this response fits very well to Sorenson and
important piece to the success of the school, budget and most     Goldsmith’s beliefs of the standards. They refer to
importantly the students. We as a staff need to do whatever       them as guideposts to which leaders try to facilitate
we can to promote growth and success of the students.”            success for all students.

    3.   What are some of the data sources you use for our school when doing decision-making?
                   Principal’s Response                              Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“Our SIP outlines areas of focus for the school. Thinking        Sorenson and Goldsmith’s focus of data is on five key
about the areas of need – reading is low so we staff more        areas; disaggregated data, longitudinal data, perception
reading teachers and once they are hired, what resources do      data, qualitative data, and quantitative data. I believe if
they need to be honing down the skills of students. We also      school leaders can focus on these 5 key areas for data it
do a projected budget for the next school year – we do           will provide a clear picture of what will be expected,
comparison of that budget to last year’s budget. We also         thus leading to a more focused and understood budget. I
think about new programs that will be added– athletic, world     think my principal would agree with these five areas of
language, summer pre-k program, etc.”                            data.

    4.   Do you make use of technology in providing and analyzing data?
               Principal’s Response                                Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“We try to use technology as much as we can, but        Technology plays such a huge role for budgeting and also
definitely need more training.”                         providing and analyzing data. Technology also plays a great role
                                                        for managing a school system.

    5.   What is the purpose of a budget plan and how does it interact in relation to the school action or improvement plan
         within the budgetary process?
               Principal’s Response                                Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“Our SIP outlines areas of focus for the school – the   Identifying the costs necessary to support to the academic plan is
majority of the SIP focuses are on academic growth      such an important key to the budget. We need to know and
and parent involvement so some areas of need may        understand what the needs are of the students and then determine
not appear on the SIP, such as facility.”               how it will play into the budget.

    6.   Does the school culture play a role in the budgeting process?
               Principal’s Response                                Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“Of course. Things can dramatically change at           Constantly monitoring the culture of the school is vital in
anytime and we need to be knowledgeable about           determining possible possibilities or problems that can occur.
that and change our focuses of the budget               Also values and beliefs of the school can change over time and
accordingly.”                                           that needs to be considered in the budgeting process

    7.   Why are certain budget allotments most restrictive than others?
                        Principal’s Response                                 Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“Depending on the vision of the school – as a school, we can determine     Certain allotments are more restrictive than
the needs of the school – sometimes the wants too. Because we’re a         others and it is of vital importance to follow
public charter school, there’s no hold back with budget decisions or       the statutes that are set forth.
programming. Our school board is made up of parents, teachers and
community members – all individuals have the best interest for the
school and the students. It breaks down the politics and red tape
behind huge public schools. It does not mean, because we are who we
are, we can spend money any ways and on anything we want – we
follow the same statutes as all public schools.”

    8.   Does PSA have a model they follow for integrating vision, planning, and budgeting?
           Principal’s Response                               Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“No, we do not have a written plan – the          According to Sorenson and Goldsmith it is the process that allows for
process we have been following have worked        success. A process will ensure all things are considered when
for us.”                                          developing the budget. A process will also hopefully ensure that we are
                                                  doing everything possible to make sure we have 100% student success.

    9.   Who is involved in building the school budget?
                  Principal’s Response                                 Comparison to Sorenson and Goldsmith

“CEO of the charter school and the school board                 I believe Sorenson and Goldsmith would argue that more
                                                                parties should be involved in this process, such as
                                                                learning communities.

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